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Recommended System Requirements
Game Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 459% 252%
Hitman 3 652% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 652% 374%
The Medium 858% 504%
Resident Evil 8 520% 291%
FIFA 21 422% 229%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 441% 241%
Grand Theft Auto VI 818% 478%
Genshin Impact 323% 166%
Far Cry 6 781% 455%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is significantly better than the Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz was released over a year more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz and the Pentium Dual Core both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz and the Pentium Dual Core may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz and Pentium Dual Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Pentium Dual Core has a 0.8 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Pentium Dual Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz, but on the other hand, it is the Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz that has a 0.048 MB bigger L3 cache than the Pentium Dual Core.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz has a 22 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameBroadwellHaswell
MoBo SocketNot sureSocket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Jan 201501 Oct 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Cores2vs2
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Max TDP15 Wvs37 W
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L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size2.048 MBvs2 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Celeron 3205U is a budget, low performance mobile processor based on the 14nm Broadwell microarchitecture. Set to release sometime during the first quarter of 2015, it is not yet available. It comes packing 2 physical cores (2 threads) clocked at 1.50GHz. It does not utilize Intel's HyperThreading technology and does not have a Turbo clock frequency. It's L1, L2 and L3 cache are of 128 KB, 512 KB and 2 MB respectively. It integrates the weak Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell) and has a TDP of 15W. Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz is a budget processor, part of the Haswell Refresh CPUs released in April of 2014.
Based on 22nm architecture, the Pentium Dual Core 3550M 2.3GHz has many of the Haswell features disabled, including Hyper and Multi Treading. The Processor should not consume more than 37 Watts.
This CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz and comes with a weak Intel HD (Haswell) mobile chip which raises to 1100MHz in Turbo Mode and will only be seen in smaller cheaper notebooks.
Its performance is average and will only provide modest gaming though most modern demanding games will run fluently.